Man critical after being shot in chest by police in Derry; officer stabbed in head and arm

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in the chest by police during an incident in which an officer was stabbed in the arm and head in Derry.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 12:39 pm
Celandine Court
Celandine Court

The Police Ombudsman’s Office is investigating the incident that occurred in Top of the Hill on Saturday.

The man has been taken to hospital where he is understood to be in a critical condition. One police officer has been treated for stab wounds to his arm and head.

The incident happened at around 10.45pm at a flat at Celandine Court in the Gobnascale area of the Waterside.

A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman’s Office said: “Our investigators are at the scene and are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of what happened.

“At this stage, we know that police went to the flat after receiving a call for assistance. There was then a confrontation during which one police officer sustained stab wounds and police discharged CS spray and a single gunshot.

“Police notified the Police Ombudsman’s on-call team about the incident, and our investigators have been making enquiries at the scene throughout the night.

“We would be keen to hear from anyone who knows anything about what happened, and would ask anybody who might be able to assist our enquiries to call our freephone witness appeal line on 0800 032 7880.”

The PSNI confirmed officers responded to a report of concern for safety for a man at an address in Celandine Court.

As officers were dealing with the incident, a police firearm was discharged and the male sustained a chest injury. He remains in hospital at this time.

A police officer sustained a knife wound to his arm and head during the incident and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

There are no further details at this time.